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Organization and Ideas

Skills needed to score in this band

SKILL 1: Understand the central idea(s) in a simple text or in a short section of a longer text

SKILL 2: Determine the main idea of a text and apply it to a different context

SKILL 3: Understand the relationship of ideas within and across different texts

SKILL 4: Integrate information from short sections of different texts

 

  1. 1

    Understand the central idea(s) in a simple text or in a short section of a longer text

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    The author of Passage 2 would most likely regard the mother’s willingness to “make French and Italian dishes” (lines 9–10, Passage 1) as

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  2. 2

    Determine the main idea of a text and apply it to a different context

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    The two passages differ in their discussions of food primarily in that Passage 1

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Skills needed to score in the next band

As you read a longer text, notice how its parts work together. How does the author introduce and conclude his or her idea? What support or evidence does the author provide?

Look for two texts about the same topic by different authors. Compare and contrast how each author feels about the topic and how each author addresses the topic.

When you finish reading an essay, a newspaper article, or a magazine article, consider what conclusions and predictions you can make. What might come next if the essay or article were to continue?

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